Have you ever driven on a highway and felt like it was your car versus a tractor trailer, both of which were battling for space? Have you ever felt nervous around big commercial vehicles during your road trips? If you have answered “yes” to any of these questions, this article is for you.
We have all driven alongside big commercial trucks. Some call them tractor-trailers. Others call them big-rigs, 18-wheelers, or semis. Driving around big trucks is extremely dangerous because these trucks hit and kill thousands every year.
Most of the dangers related to big trucks can be linked to their size, weight, and other physical characteristics. Big trucks have difficulty changing direction or maneuvering around the highway. They also have difficulty stopping. In fact, it has been estimated that it takes a truck traveling 60 mph more than the length of the average football field to stop. In addition, because big trucks haul large cargo, their loads can be unsecured, creating the possibility for serious injuries to occur.
These are not the only dangerous features of big trucks. Although most truck drivers make an attempt to drive safely, occasionally truck drivers suffer from exhaustion, inattentiveness, and even substance abuse while driving. Their cargo, itself, could be dangerous; explosives, pesticides, or other flammable or toxic material is often commonly transported by big-rigs.
As a result of these dangers, truck drivers and companies must follow federal and state laws that are specific to their industry. A few of their legal duties include the company’s duty to hire competent drivers who will maintain, inspect, and safely operate the company’s trucks; the duty to avoid causing injuries to fellow drivers; and the duty to comply with federal and state regulations dictating the transportation of materials. The main point is that big trucks are dangerous. So, protect your rights.
IF YOU OR A FAMILY MEMBER HAVE BEEN INJURED BY A BIG TRUCK, THE MANCE LAW GROUP WOULD LIKE TO HELP. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL 912.574.4LAW (4529).